Threatening harm to instill fear in a victim can be a crime. Menacing might be described as an assault by words or actions because in some cases, no injury actually occurs. For example, a stalker might be charged with menacing – the threat of violence is there without direct contact with a victim.
A University of Colorado student, accused of four felony menacing counts in late May, recently entered a not guilty plea. The case will move to trial in Boulder District Court next February. The continuing education student also was charged with a petty theft offense and misdemeanors for obstructing an officer and resisting arrest.